Earth Day is coming up on Saturday, April 22, 2023. But please, do the earth a favor: Don’t celebrate it!
Or if you want to celebrate earth day, at least don’t celebrate it the way the merchants are suggesting, by driving all over town buying their “eco-friendly” products. Instead, stay home and buy nothing; it is better for the environment, as well as your finances!
Frugal, Green Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
Here are some frugal AND green suggestions to enjoy on Earth Day or any other day of your choosing:
Instead of buying eco-friendly paper napkins and paper towels, use cloth napkins and towels.
You don’t need to buy eco-friendly cleaning products when you can make your own dishwasher detergent, glass cleaner, and laundry detergent. You can make just about anything you need with Borax, Washing Soda, and Vinegar.
Start a garden. You can not get any more local than your own backyard. You also don’t have to wonder what the term “organic” means when you are eating your own produce. Instead of throwing away kitchen scraps, use them in a compost pile.
Make something from scratch. Recyclable packaging is nice, no packaging or reusable packaging is better.
Repair something. In most cases, it is better for the environment and your pocketbook, to repair a broken item, rather than throw it away and buy a new version. When my washing machine broke, I was able to fix it myself by following the steps on an appliance help board and it cost me less than $30.00 for the replacement part.
If you feel you must go out, here are a few frugal, eco-friendly suggestions:
Visit the Library. Even if you think you want to buy a book, why not read it first and make sure it is worthy of adding to your personal collection? Many libraries also loan DVDs, Books on Tape, and CDs.
Shop at a Thrift Store, Purchasing a used item, even if it was not made of organic cotton or renewable bamboo is better for the environment than buying a new item.
My personal favorite: Turn off the electronics and instead go for a walk or bike ride.
More Earth Day Activities
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Am I the only one who finds it ironic that we are being encouraged to drive all over town and buy stuff on Earth Day?
April @ The 21st Century Housewife says
Excellent post, Alea, with some wonderful advice and tips. ! It is ironic we get encouraged to buy more stuff on earth day!
[email protected] Today says
Great ideas, Alea! Definitely worthy of reposting.
Love this post!
I did all of these things today, right down to using identical cranberry colored napkins…LOL!
I didn’t drive anywhere today. Shane had to drive 2.5 hours to work out of town this afternoon, but he did carpool with a coworker instead of taking our vehicle.
Great ideas. Some of the Earth Day promotions just left me shaking my head … like the one that offered a free reusable shopping bag if you purchased a 24-pack of bottled water.
[email protected] says
This is a great post Alea! Its so easy to get sucked into all the “celebration” for the name of sake of celebration, when simple ideas are the ones which are the best!
No, you are not the only one! I found myself thinking this year that Earth Day has almost become as commercialized as Christmas and Easter!
You make a great point!
Some of my favorite weekend activities include going for a run, walking to the library, and napping; I suspect they all count as green past-times…
Thanks for the laugh Rebecca! I will return the favor. Here is a link to the funniest Eart Day post I read today:
Wow, Alea! Your fans came out in full force today singing your praises for your great Earth Day suggestions!
Now I need to go unpack my groceries from my plastic bags and while my son mows the lawn and my daughter sprays weed killer. My husband is making his 30-mile commute in a Hummer and then we're going to have pre-packaged meals for supper, using our plastic forks and spoons.
Great post for Earth Day! 😀
Have a great day!
Great Post!! All so true and no, you're not the only one who is rolling her eyes at the 'encouragement' to go and 'buy' something eco friendly.